FRIDAY, 7 FEBRUARY - FACE 7
|After 'Danny' by Roger Hampson|
- I call my sketch of him:
'ALBERT IN HIS WORK CLOTHES'
Derwent Dark Wash Pencil - by Jez
I drew Albert at the Atkinson Art Gallery in Southport - one of our favourite places to spend a few hours sketching, and then enjoying lunch and coffee in the great café downstairs.
This sketch definitely took me well out of my comfort zone. The painting I sat and copied is called 'Danny', a monoprint by Roger Hampson, a North-West England artist who lived from 1925 to 1996.
'Danny' is one of my favourite paintings, such a strong, real face and I always spend time studying it every time I visit the gallery. I've always avoided trying to sit and draw from this painting because I've always thought I wouldn't be able to do it justice. It took me quite a while, and a great deal of concentration.
The drawing at the top of this post is an out-take from this sketchbook page showing just the head, so that you can see it more clearly. I used a Derwent Dark Wash pencil - it can be used with water, but I kept to the dry pencil sketch.
If you've never used one of these pencils it's worth a try because it's very pleasing to draw with and takes a wash-over with a brush very well.
To say I was pleased with this is putting it mildly. I was ecstatic with the likeness I achieved to the original. Well worth pushing myself outside my comfort zone.
HERE ARE THE PAST WEEK'S FACES